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Battersea Power Station Lights Its Chimneys for The First Time Since Restoration

Photo credit: Getty Images: The lights on the North East and North West chimneys of Battersea Power Station are tested ahead of being officially turned on tomorrow (Saturday).
To mark the completion of the Battersea Power Station chimney rebuild, the team at Battersea Power Station is excited to announce that the two front chimneys, the north-west and north-east chimneys, will be lit up every evening from 4th November until this Christmas.

The inaugural switching on of the lights will take place at 5.30pm on 4th November, ahead of the annual Battersea Park fireworks, which Battersea Power Station is proud to be a partner of this year and will have a number of activities planned for children before the start of the display and a DJ and dancing for the adults following. This will be the first time the chimneys have been lit up since they were rebuilt and painted their original colour.

The lights will be turned on every evening until Christmas, now that the first part of the new town centre at Battersea Power Station is open to the public and home to an ongoing programme of events, new shops and restaurants.

State of the art lights have been temporarily installed specifically for this milestone, ahead of the Grade II* listed Power Station building being fully restored and open to the public in 2020.

All four of Battersea Power Station’s chimneys were painstakingly dismantled and rebuilt, following completion of detailed surveys, very close consultation and engagement with Historic England and the London Borough of Wandsworth; both of which have been fully supportive throughout the process of restoring the chimneys to their former glory. All four chimneys are visually identical to the originals, including the colour of their paint.
The chimneys have been one of the key priorities for the Malaysian shareholders of the Battersea Power Station project given their historical and cultural significance. The shareholders take their custodial duties of preserving and maintaining these renowned landmarks for future generations to come very seriously.

Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said:
“The power is definitely back on at Battersea Power Station! Turning the chimney lights back on clearly signifies the tremendous progress the team is making restoring this extraordinary building. With many shops and restaurants now open, the new town centre is really taking shape.”

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For information and tickets for events at Battersea Power Station see www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk/events.

Photo credit: Getty Images: The lights on the North East and North West chimneys of Battersea Power Station are tested ahead of being officially turned on tomorrow (Saturday) to celebrate the annual Battersea Park fireworks. It will be the first time the chimneys have been lit since being rebuilt earlier this year and painted their original colour.

They will be lit every evening until Christmas to celebrate the completion of the first part of the new town centre, home to an ongoing programme of events, new shops and restaurants.

The Grade II* listed Power Station building will be fully restored and open to the public in 2020.

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Notes to editors:
About Battersea Power Station:

• Battersea Power Station is one of central London’s largest, most visionary and eagerly anticipated new town centres in which roughly half the development will comprise shops, restaurants and office space. In addition, there will be a six-acre public park, a town square and a new tube station (scheduled to be within Zone 1).
• The Battersea Power Station project covers 42 acres and includes 3.5m sq ft of mixed commercial space, together with 4,364 new homes.
• The successful regeneration of Battersea Power Station will create 20,000 new jobs, inject £20bn into the UK economy and create a funding mechanism for the first major tube line extension since the Millennium. A new NHS medical facility is also being built.
• The Battersea Power Station Foundation supports local charities and community projects. Over £3.3m has been awarded since it launched in 2016; on average, £207,000 is granted per month and the largest grant awarded was to Battersea Arts Centre for £305,000.
• Circus West Village is the neighbourhood centre for the first part of the development. It opened to the public in Spring 2017 and since then more than 350,000 people have visited to enjoy the ongoing programme of events and the new shops and restaurants.
• Residents started to move in to Circus West early in 2017 and continue to do so. The Village Hall, a new performance space, has opened at Circus West Village and a new MBNA Thames Clippers River Bus service commenced on 1 November 2017.
• The Battersea Academy of Skills Excellence (BASE), the development company’s bespoke jobs and training service created for those living locally, was launched in 2016. It is focused on matching people with jobs at Battersea as well as providing training relevant to the job pipeline at the development.
• Battersea Power Station is owned by a consortium of Malaysian investors comprised of Sime Darby, S P Setia and the Employees’ Provident Fund. Management of the development is being undertaken by the British-based Battersea Power Station Development Company.
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